West Virginia Penitentiary, Moundsville

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  • This place was awesome. The staff was very informative and friendly. After our brief tour we were able to roam freely for the entire night for our paranormal investigation.  more »
  • It was awesome. We are going to reschedule another lock in. We're going to get several more friends to come with us.  more »
  • I went to photograph this penitentiary on one of the few days it's open to photographers only from 10-2pm. Limited to 20, but there were only a few of us on the November 2017 tour. The entire building...  more »
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  • The tour was very entertaining and informative. Our tour guide Jason was very knowledgeable and made it a great experience. The history within this prison is amazing. Their are different tours available. We went on a historical tour. They also offer a paranormal you can go in at night. From what I was told adults can do 10pm to 4am.
  • The tour guide we had was very knowledgeable when it came to the history of the prison and prisoners. We did the Historical Tour but they also offer Ghost Tours, which I would love to do next. There were areas that the Historical Tour didn’t access. There was one section in a stair well that I had difficulty breathing in, so beware if your claustrophobic. I had to leave that area very quickly and it took a few minutes to get my breathing under control. This place is a must if your into this kind of thing and it’s definitely kid friendly.
  • Brought a high school group to tour and CJ was great. Interesting for history buffs and ghost hunters alike. Highly recommended!
  • Very interesting spot to tour. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of the penitentiary. The standard tour is handicapped and wheelchair accessible. There are special tours of different parts of the prison, at certain times of the year, that are not fully accessible, but it looks like they are very upfront about that. Be sure to take time to look at the exhibits in the small museum section of the visitor center. I have visited Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA, which is self-guided, and WV Penitentiary, and you get a much better look at and understanding of the prison and prison life at WVP.
  • I took a tour here a few years ago and have been wanting to go back ever since. The tours are very informative and engaging. They treat you so well and the staff really knows their stuff. It's also nice that you can park so close to the front entrance.
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